Busy time of year

By CaliKo Latest Reply 2010-09-30 09:59:23 -0500
Started 2010-09-24 08:46:13 -0500

Okay, I just looked at my calendar and realize that I have stuff on it for the next 4 weekends. And I don't think November and December are going to get any better. It seems that it is all I can do to get in all my exercise, plan, shop and cook my diabetic meals, and hold down a full-time job. I think about how busy the end of the year always is, and I begin to feel overwhelmed. And its just the end of September. I try to do things to make it easier, like I put an ice chest in my car and shop for groceries at lunch, especially when I need to make a dish or appetizer to take to a party, but I wonder, what tips do you have to share with me to make this time of year easier, and still take care of myself properly?

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Kelly Preciado
Kelly Preciado 2010-09-27 13:18:02 -0500 Report

All the advice here is great. I strongly suggest watching your portion sizes and stick with one serving. I resist and watch the portion size. When the hostess offers a second helping just say "It was delicious but I cannot eat another bite." It makes both of you feel better. The hostess for the compliment and you with your readings. Good Luck and have fun during the Holidays!

jeffrey9127 2010-09-27 10:03:51 -0500 Report

Working full time and being responsible for cooking duties as well as taking care of your Diabetes would overwhelm anyone. My wife and I both cook ahead and then freeze portion controlled meals, or make something in the crockpot. At the end of a workday its nice to walk into the house, smell the aroma of a cooked meal, and know that that is one less thing to worry about. This allows me to have more time to exercise as I should.

GabbyPA 2010-09-27 20:21:01 -0500 Report

I like your exercise comment. That is so true. I love recipes I can throw into a baking dish or crock pot. Makes my life so much easier.

CaliKo 2010-09-27 10:22:48 -0500 Report

Great tip, thanks. I'll get out my slow-cooker cookbook and do some planning! I have a chicken stew recipe that I think would be a good, diabetic-friendly recipe. I'll do the carb-math and post it in the recipes if it is worthy.

GabbyPA 2010-09-24 21:30:48 -0500 Report

Put yourself first. That sounds selfish, but I know my first holiday season as a diabetic was kind of scary. I am usually the cook and host of the family gatherings and I was worried about what to do. I found that it was not so out of norm and with a few adjustments I was having a great time without too much guilt. Plan out the menu ahead of time and find recipes that are easy to make ahead of time. That will help a lot.

The biggest temptation is to give in to the offering and the indulgences of the seasons. This is where you don't have to explain yourself or anything. Just don't make a big deal out of what you can or choose to have. Enjoy the company and make the foods secondary. If you don't make a fuss about it, others are less inclined to fuss over you. Stick to your guns and if you give in, just use care elsewhere. Don't let it rob you of the love and fun of being with family and friends.

The other thing I have been trying to do more is find ways to celebrate without the foods. Do things like ornament decorating parties, make little gift bags instead of cookies...there are all kinds of ways to get around our food culture and keep your numbers good during the holidays. You will learn as you go and get better each year.

CaliKo 2010-09-27 08:58:07 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, this is all great advice. I think I'll print it out and tape it to my mirror through the end of the year to remind me every day! I usually host the family and holiday meals too, so I sympathize. Kind of good-news/bad news, you have control, but its a lot of work, too. I do think I can use your gift bag idea with the Christmas dinner. This year my sister is hosting Thanksgiving, so I'm traveling for that one. Have a good week.

GabbyPA 2010-09-27 09:17:18 -0500 Report

This year will be my 3rd on the list and each year I learned new things. I just want to have fun with my family so that is my main focus. Fortunately, we are not so stuck on tradition that I can't throw in a wrench or two along the way. LOL. I did carrot soup one year for easter. I do a great roasted veggie mash for Thanksgiving instead of potatoes. And Christmas is void of holiday candies that are so tempting. We freeze our Halloween candy before the day and buy just enough to give away. That helps a lot! You will find your tricks and no one has to know but you...then you can focus on the fun.

CaliKo 2010-09-27 09:21:03 -0500 Report

I love roasted veggies, I have a "normal" recipe I need to work the math on, but I'd love your recipe too, is it in the recipe section?

GabbyPA 2010-09-27 20:17:56 -0500 Report

Here is one that I have for carrots. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/recipes/320-roasted-carrots-candy-veggies-they-are-that-good

The one I use for holidays includes parsnips, turnips, cauliflower, and onions. I toss them in some olive oil and roast them until tender with herbs of your choosing. I like rosemary and garlic, but you can use almost anything. Then I mash them all up and put into a baking dish. Top with a little Parmesan cheese and bake for about 15 mins more. YUM. There are never left overs and with those types of veggies, the carbs are very low.

CaliKo 2010-09-28 11:14:01 -0500 Report

Thanks. I don't think I've ever tried turnips, maybe it's high time. The others I love. My autumn roasted root vegetable recipe uses tumeric and cinnamon. Maybe turnips could replace the sweet potatoes in my recipe… Thanks for the tips!

GabbyPA 2010-09-30 09:59:23 -0500 Report

Sweet potatoes are actually not as bad as they sound. Turnips are very versatile as well, and will take on the flavors of other foods. They are generally rather mild. I like them raw or cooked.

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